GAZA BORDER (Reuters) – Sometimes photographers know they have something special in the fraction of a second between seeing it happen and capturing it through their lens.
Mid-afternoon on a scorching hot Friday near the Gaza-Israel border east of Gaza City was one such moment for Reuters photographer Mohammed Salem, with the smell of burning rubber in his nostrils and the constant fear of bullets and tear gas in his mind.
Years - Experience - Photographer - Gaza - Strip
Seventeen years of experience as a photographer in the Gaza Strip meant that Salem knew that Friday was likely to be a busier day than others at the protest camps that have sprung up along the Gaza-Israel border in the last week.
Since March 30, thousands of Palestinian demonstrators have been rolling burning tires and throwing stones, some using slingshots, in daily clashes with Israeli soldiers on the other side of the border fence.
Assignment - Week - Protests - March - Friday
It is a potentially deadly assignment. In the week since the protests began on March 30, as of Friday 27 Palestinians have been shot dead, and journalists have been injured. So Salem went to the scene early, before the protesters arrived, wearing his helmet and flak jacket clearly marked “Press” and carrying a gas mask.
It was between 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. as the protests intensified that the smoke suddenly cleared and the...
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